James Milner: What I really think about Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool FC vice captain opens up about life under German head coach Jurgen Klopp

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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James Milner has opened up about life under Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp.

The German head coach took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 following a slow start to the 2015-16 season.

Klopp led the Reds to the League Cup and Europa League final in 2016 but the Merseyside outfit lost to Manchester City and Sevilla.

The Liverpool FC boss guided the Reds to a fourth-placed finish in his first full season in charge at the Anfield outfit.

Klopp’s side have made further progress this season after the Reds reached the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a 5-0 aggregate win over FC Porto.

Milner has been a regular member of the Liverpool FC team under Klopp, even filling in at left-back throughout the 2016-17 campaign.

The former Manchester City star discussed what it is like being coached by Klopp.

“He likes to shout on the side of the field, he likes to be involved in the game. If things aren’t being done, obviously he’ll tell you that,” Milner told Premier League Productions.

“Sometimes at half-time you’ll get a team-talk where he is angry but other times you might expect that and he doesn’t. I think it’s important as a manager that he can come from both ways. He has that.

“He obviously loves a hug as well – he’s got that side in him at the end of the game. As a manager, you need to know when to give the bear hug and when to give the boot up the backside. He judges that pretty well most of the time.”

Klopp guided Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013.

The Reds signed Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City in the 2015 summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind Manchester United in the race to secure the runners up spot.

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